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Most of the time, I write while sitting in my cozy little corner of my sectional sofa, typing away on my laptop. Directly in front of me is my oversized coffee table and beyond that is a dark brown wall with niches cut out to hold a few favorite knickknacks and a large clock letting me know what time it is.

To my left is a table where I keep a cup of coffee or a glass of water close by. It also holds my favorite dictionaries such as, The Bibliophile’s Dictionary by Miles Westley. On the shelf underneath you will see my jewelry findings catalog, seed catalogs, and a few favorite magazines like Mary Janes Farm. I keep my Nook close by for times when I feel like reading instead of writing, and I’m currently reading the late Michael Crichton’s novel Micro. To my right is my dog, Raymond, whom everybody loves…except for the cat who hates him passionately. He barked at her when she was a kitten and she has never forgiven him for that. He likes to nap beside me while I write.

Behind me is a large picture window which offers a panoramic view of the town. We live in the business district, next door to the courthouse, perched on a hill. While the businesses directly across the street are uninspiring, the broader view of the town can be pretty when the sun is going down, casting blue shadows below the hills while vividly shining on the hilltops.

I think of my house on the hill as an island, the street out front is a sea separating us from the mainland. In the summer it is an oasis with flower beds in bloom and lots of trees all around. We have a hidden patio out back when we want to eat outside. In the winter the house is cozy and warm. Our wood burning stove heats the main floor and it’s nice to sit by the fire in my rocking chair. On an especially chilly day, I take my laptop to that corner of the house to write. Raymond doesn’t like that though because he can’t sit next to me. If he is chilly, he’ll lay on the hearth, dreaming about his next meal time.

About the Author:
Sherri Lackey, born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, now lives in Montana where the cold northern climate inspires her to write. She writes science fiction and fantasy with dashes of speculative fiction, a pinch of steampunk, and a touch of urban fantasy. She lives with her husband, Paul, and their three children. She also has a faithful dog named Raymond who likes to sit by her side while she writes.

Keeva lives her life on the run, changing identities and personas. She is running from monsters she has never seen - vrykolakes, vampire creatures her father, Sandor, has told her stories about all her life. She had almost convinced herself that these monsters had all died in a volcano eruption on the island of Strongili long ago.

But when a vrykolakas named Severin kills Mandy, her best friend, she discovers the vrykolakes are alive and well. Keeva knows about Severin from her father’s stories, and her first impulse is to kill him and rid the world of the evil vrykolakas. She feels drawn to him however, and takes him prisoner. She hopes to better understand the vrykolakes and perhaps better understand herself. She is over two thousand years old. She doesn't know who or what she is, but she wants to find out. In order to do that, she has to discover her past. Severin might be the place to start looking for a connection to the past. Or, he could be the worst mistake Keeva has ever made.


Gala said…
It looks very cosy, you have a really cute dog, it presides as a muse? ;)

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Lena said…
What plans do you have for future projects?

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Anas said…
So vrykolakas are somewhat like vampires, right? Do they have the same weaknesses? How did you come up with them?

Ingeborg said…
You look very comfortable while writing. That's what it's all about.

Ami said…
Looks like a nice place to write.

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Sherri Lackey said…
Thanks Judy for having me here today!
Gala, my dog is more for comfort than presiding as a muse. :)
Lena, I have several projects under way. I have three more books in this series and a scifi novel I want to publish somewhere in between. :)
Yes, Anas, the vrykolakas is a vampire creature. The traditional physical description favors that of Brahm Stoker's Dracula, except vrykolakes do not imbibe blood. In traditional tales they are killed in the traditional method of killing vampires. In my tales they can be killed if severely wounded or if Keeva or Sandor get a hold of them. :D
MomJane said…
Your story sounds absolutely awesome. How on earth did you come up with tnis plot?
Emiliana25 said…
How long did it take you to create this world, was it difficult to create your own world?

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Karen H in NC said…
Yes, you look so comfortable on that comfy sofa with your dog nearby. So tell me, are you a plotter or a pantser?

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Catherine Lee said…
How great that you live downtown next to the court house. I think I'd enjoy that.

Everybody Loves Raymond? Except the darling.
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Lyra L7 said…
Sounds good, a new vampire race, I'll have to add this one to my reading list.

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Mary Preston said…
I can totally picture your writing spaces. Thank you for sharing.

Anas said…
Interesting excerpt.

Sherri Lackey said…
MomJane,it just came to me as I wrote it, which answers Karen H's question too. This one was more of a pantster. Not totally however, I have a basic idea in mind when I start. I don't always stick to the plan. It did take me a while to create the world. I'd say it wasn't fully fleshed out until about a year later.